What sets your viewing experience apart from a trip to the local movie theater and staying at home to watch a film? The cinema is all about keeping you engaged with the media – and you can bring that level of immersion to your own Yarrow Point, WA living space with an excellent audio solution.
That audio solution is a comprehensive surround sound system. So, what is this audio setup exactly, and how can it transform your next movie night? You have a few choices when it comes to installing this type of system in your home, and in this blog, we’ll go through all of them – pros and cons included.
If you’re new to surround sound or want a refresher on what it all entails, keep on reading below to find out which audio technologies are best for you.
You might be hearing of soundbars more and more these days. As flat-screen TVs have risen in popularity, many have realized that built-in TV speakers simply won’t cut it for quality enjoyment. So how can you keep the sleekness of your flat-screens without sacrificing your audio?
You can easily take your audio to the next level with by putting a soundbar in place. With a soundbar, you can decide how expensive and expansive you want to go. Choose from some that are more cost-effective, or others that support Dolby Atmos surround sound.
The best part about these products is that they are a one-box solution. Mount them on the wall out of the way, or neatly place them under a flat-screen TV. No one will notice that your soundbar is even there or that it’s a separate part of your TV’s built-in equipment and setup.
While this one-box situation is convenient and inexpensive, your soundbar won’t deliver the sound quality that a set of surround speakers would. When every sound is coming from one speaker, it won’t feel as though your audio is truly surrounding you at the level it could be. Your room plays a huge factor in this though. If you have a smaller space or media room you are watching movies or shows in, then top-notch soundbars can produce superb surround sound that fills up the entire area. For larger spaces though, you might want to consider a different setup so that every corner is reached with incomparable sound like a 5.1 setup.
When you involve separate speakers in your surround sound system, then it is typically the 5.1 setup. The “5” represents the three speakers at the front of the room and the two surround speakers at the back.
Those front-of-the-room channels deliver the main sound in a film or show – which is the dialog usually at the front and center – and the effects, music, and score from the right and left speakers. Your back speakers are for the ambient sounds, such as cars passing or various audio like background noise. This gives you that realism, and places you directly in the scene.
The “.1” in the setup name is for the subwoofer. This gives you that deep bass that you often hear in a movie theater that makes your seat and bones shake – it doesn’t get any more authentic than that.
You also have many options regarding this setup. From stand-mounted and floor-standing loudspeakers, to wall-mounted or counter ones – to installing hidden speakers within the walls and ceiling – there are endless ways you can bring these speakers and subwoofers into your media room or home theater.
If you want to take your surround sound game one step above the 5.1 setup, consider a 7.1.4 setup. This surround format is the most immersive choice for your media’s audio. It directs different sounds to specific channels and speakers in the room that follow a movie’s soundtrack and audio, to give you a unique viewing experience every time. To achieve this unparalleled quality level, you need to bring in more speakers.
The 7.1.4 setup includes the three front speakers and the two back speakers, along with a subwoofer – and then also has side speakers and four over-head ones. Lastly, you’ll need a Dolby Atmos-supported receiver with amplifiers to drive the speakers to get the full setup.
Get ready to be fully enveloped by your movie’s audio in every way. You’ll hear every last sound in the film, including a plane flying overhead or someone walking by in the scene up on the screen. With Dolby Atmos, you get everything that a surround sound system can be.
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